Llama Llama Mad at Mama

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Overview

Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out...

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Overview

Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

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Editorial Reviews

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Young llamas don't like shopping any more than human kids do. Llama Llama can't suppress his impatience with the endless aisles, the long lines, and the smells of the Shop-O-Rama. When the little quadruped throws a llama-sized tantrum, his mom calms him down and finds ways to make shopping more palatable for the whole family. A delightful rhymed story for youngsters confronting their first retail experience.
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 2 up.

The author manages to show a toddler's view of a trip to the store, a trip the little one is not enjoying. After being dragged away from a happy time playing with his toys, Llama is strapped into his car seat, where he takes a little snooze during the drive to the Shop-O-Rama. It does not take him long to get tired of the "Yucky music,/ great big feet/Ladies smelling way too sweet/look at knees and stand in line" and so he, "starts to whine" He is out of sorts as Mama Llama has him try on clothes from the clearance shelves; he has no interest in socks and underwear. Then, as his mama shops for food, Llama Llama gets mad. Finally he hits fever pitch and has an all-out tantrum right there in the store and throws things from the cart. Mama Llama very patiently asks him to stop and explains how much she loves being with him and asks him to help her shop, and that makes all the difference. This story will strike a chord with moms who have been confronted by an overtired child while in the supermarket. The story tells of an everyday event in the lives of moms and their little ones in a way most everyone can relate to and appreciate. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford

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PreS-K
In this sequel to Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005), the hoofed protagonist goes shopping with his mother. Gradually the small annoyances of the Shop-O-Rama ("Yucky music,/great big feet./Ladies smelling way too sweet....Try it on and take it off./Pull and wiggle,/itch and cough") send the youngster into a tantrum: "It's no fun at Shop-O-Rama./Llama Llama/MAD at Mama!" With admirable patience and parenting skills, Mama tames the "llama drama," explaining to her son that they can make the chore fun by working together. Soon Llama Llama is helping Mama clean up the messy results of his meltdown and complete their purchases, and then they are off to pursue more pleasurable activities. Children will giggle at Dewdney's rhythmic rhymes. The inviting, oversized paintings are bold and colorful, and Llama Llama's priceless expressions carry the emotional arc of the story to its gentle conclusion. Add this amusing tale to your storytime repertoire or recommend it for one-on-one sharing.
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062409
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Series: Llama Llama Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 48,758
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney

Anna Dewdney dislikes shopping almost as much as Llama Llama. She lives with her two daughters, a dog, and a pickup truck in southern Vermont.

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Interviews & Essays

What made you decide to write Llama Llama Mad at Mama?

I wrote Llama Llama Mad at Mama? because I knew that all little Llamas have to go shopping with mama (or papa, as the case may be) when they really don't want to, and I wanted to write about it. I also just missed Llama Llama, and I wanted him to have another adventure.

What would you like young readers to learn from Llama Llama?

I hope young readers will relate to Little Llama, laugh at him and with him, and cuddle up closer with their parents as they read together. I hope my books will deepen the relationship children have with their parents, and empower children through that relationship.

Are any of your characters based on you or your family?

I think of my books as "true" stories, meaning that they are based on the real experiences that I've had as a child or a mother. Certainly, I've spent many hours in the big box stores, wandering the aisles, listening to little children scream with frustration in the carts as their parents try to get them to stop. I've also spent a great deal of time with my own children (one of whom hated to shop), shopping on the weekend because I had to work during the week . . . .it's no fun.

What was your favorite book growing up?

My favorite book was probably Higglety Pigglety Pop, by Maurice Sendak. It's not his most famous book, but it is a great work of philosophy! Plus, it has wonderful drawings of Jennie the dog.

You have written as well as illustrated your own books. How do you come up with the faces for your characters?

I'm the sort of person who makes a lot of faces, whether or not I'm aware of it. If I feel something, it goes across myface. When I'm drawing Llama Llama, I imagine how he feels, I make the face, and I draw it. I think I must look pretty funny, alone in my studio, scowling at the paper.

What advice would you give children who aspire to be future illustrators?

Draw, draw, and draw some more! Look at lots of pictures, go to museums, and gets ideas from other artists. Make up stories and draw pictures to go along with them. Most of all, don't worry about drawing or painting the way other people do . . . .in the end, the way you draw is the best for you. Make the best pictures only you can make!

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    I HATE this book! Horrible message for children!

    Why would I want my children to learn that if I take them shopping, and they get mad and throw a temper tantrum, yelling and throwing things in the store, that they will get an ice cream cone afterwards? Llama Llama Red Pajama was really cute, but I can't bring myself to read this one to my children.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Omg

    It is twelve niteny nine on my nook tablet

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    these books send a terrible message to children! the character

    these books send a terrible message to children! the character is a brat.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    I think every mother has experienced a similar experience while shopping with their young child.

    This wonderful story helps to put into pespective the frustration a small child must feel when they are taken along to shop with Mama. What I love about these books is the calm and unconditional love and patience Mama Lama has with her small child. When I read these to my granddaughters, they listen intently and smile at the end when Mama Lama and baby are once again happy and enjoying being with each other.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Ny 3 year old & I love it!

    She really enjoyed this. I am puchasing the others in the series. I expect them to be a hit as well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Not worth it

    My little sister loves these books and I have to agree they are cute. The only thing is that she gotnthree of these llama llama books cheaper than the ebook one. In my oppinion, I am not impressed and didnt find it worth the money,

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    My little Llama loves this book

    Not sure if its the book or the way I read this but he adores this book and the entire series.

    If you act out this book, kids love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Loved this Book!

    I love all the Llama, Llama books. This one is great for my kids as they can relate to llama llama and his tantrums in a store. It shows the kids that they aren't the only ones who get upset and then shows how not to and how to handle the situtation. They just think it is a funny, cute book but they are really learning about social behavior at the same time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Every mother and child can relate to this story

    Another wonderful book by Anna Dewdney. For sure she has been a child; I'm betting she is also a mother. Parents and children will laugh as they read it. The story is acted out in countless "big box" stores by countless people every day. The combination of a mother who must shop accompanied by a bored/tired/restless child for whom the session is lasting way too long. Mama handles the inevitable tantrum with grace and humor. Llama llama learns that it is possible for him to help rather than hinder. Much appreciated, I am sure, by management and other customers. I wish this book was required reading for all parents and children who don't do so well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Very fun book to allow meltdown conversations

    We bought two Llama books and my non attentive, just turned three, twin boys are extremely engages I these books. Ink fact, they asked me to read it again last night.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Love this book!

    My son andI love this book! We have so much fun reading it! Love the story and the pictures. It is exactly what happens when you are at the store too long! Lol!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Wonderful book to read to young children. Love the rhythm of the words. Well illustrated. Both children and parents can identify with shopping exerience that takes place in story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    I think this book is great!! My four year old loves it and could

    I think this book is great!! My four year old loves it and could relate perfect. I will be buying more llama llama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Sorry, a little disappointed

    Dewdney's illustrations are as always wonderful, but I disagree with mama llama's response to her child's outburst and therefore am not as happy with this book. With her first book, you can see mama llama was cross, and rightly so, for little llama's outburst. Here, the tantrum was bigger, but it seems as though little llama gets a pass for absolutely terrorizing in a store. Should my child throw cereal in a tantrum, my response would be a bit more than just an understanding, I agree shopping is no fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    G

    These books are good but they give a bad lesson to kids. I mean the main chareter throughs a temper tantrum in a store because its not fun. Really? Really?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    March31,2013

    This story sort of explanes to the readers not to get mad at your mommy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    The best!!!!!!!

    This is my daughter amd my favorite. And, really - this book is meant to be funny and poke fun of a situation that ALL parents have found themselves. It's not meant to be a story about a 'bratt' kid who gets his way.

    I adore this book!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Must read

    This is a great story, both my 3 and my 9 year old love this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Mat at Mama

    My son loves this book, especially when he gets upset over something. He starts to read it in upset mode by the time he reaches the end he forgot why he was upset. This is the 2nd llama llama book I get. I am planning to get him another since he loves them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Fun for all

    The Llama Llama series is a favorite at our home. It tells a story about a temper tantrum while out shopping. It has a fun story with a good message for my child. It is rhyming, so keeps my attention as a parent too (which is important as we like to re-read and re-read our favorites!)

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